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Healthy Communities

(Left to right: Josh White, Molly Yockey, Laura Bollan, Brittney Johns, Jenna Hillagoss)

Sarah Bush Lincoln is committed to creating healthy communities. It is part of its Mission and an important part of its strategic plan. That’s because our country, and our community, are facing an obesity epidemic.

More than 9,000 kids in our seven-county community are classified as overweight or obese. That represents more than one-third of the kids. We know that when kids struggle with weight issues, they often bring those same struggles into adulthood. With that come the risk of developing diabetes, heart problems and joint issues, just to name a few. We also know that it takes generations to make substantial changes, so we are focuses our efforts on our kids.

Our Healthy Communities department has deployed several programs to help reduce the rate or obesity. Here’s a snapshot of our plan.

5-2-1-0 Curriculum
The Healthy Kids Educators use the 5-2-1 Almost None curriculum in the classrooms they visit. Students actively participate in lessons that help to promote healthier lifestyles for themselves and their families. The core components include eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day, spending no more than two hours a day in front of a screen, getting at least one hour of physical activity per day and drinking almost no sugary beverages.

Healthy Families Newsletter

Healthy Kids Recipes
As seen on CI Living

KickStart is a mobile vehicle that travels throughout the community to instill healthy habits in kids. The KickStart mobile adds a different
dimension to our Healthy Kids curriculum, as it has several interactive features, such as jump ropes, sit-up bars, resistance bands and even a flat screen T.V. for additional activities. The high quality sound system also jams out music for a better exercise experience.

An event for children that teaches health and wellness in a fun atmosphere.

Fit Girls is a nationally known fitness program for girls that uniquely combines training for a 5k (3.1 mile) race with reading and nutrition education.

Fast Reads
A Running and Reading Program For Boys Offered This Summer
Boys are encouraged to learn the importance of fitness and building brain-power this summer with a new program called Fast Reads coordinated by Sarah Bush Lincoln.

Parent & Child Cooking Class
You and your child will make a healthy meal together and learn proper etiquette techniques during this 2-hour class.

Teen Cooking Classes
Teens will learn how to prepare healthy meals that he/she can easily make at home.

Project Fit America
We provide schools with indoor and outdoor fitness equipment and instructions to help schools create a positive physical impact on children.

Body Electric
High school-aged teens use the arts to create powerful messages about healthy living to make healthy choices and improve their self-esteem. They share their projects with their peers and younger students for greater learning.

Dental Services
Preventive and restorative dental care is provided to children without means to improve their health, learning, socialization and self-esteem.

Races for all Paces
Get out your running shoes and bring the entire family to the 13th annual Races for all Paces at Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium, Saturday, May 11, 2019. There's a race for everyone, regardless of your fitness level. Enter a half marathon, or for shorter tracks, try the 10K Individual Race, 5K, One-mile Fun Run, Toddler Trot and Diaper Dash.

Healthy Communities
102 W. Buchanan Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920